The new season of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's TV show 'Pavitra Rishta' will see actor Shaheer Sheikh as Manav and actress Ankita Lokhande will reprise her role as Archana, the show's casting director recently confirmed.
Long before his Bollywood debut, Rajput became an overnight star after starring in Ekta Kapoor's Television series 'Pavitra Rishta'. He played the role of Manav, a Mumbai-based garage owner who belongs to a middle class family. The character made him a household name and he became one of the most loved Television actors.
Now, the makers of the show are planning a digital adaption of the same and it will reportedly have 'Mahabharat' actor Shaheer Shaikh in the lead role.
Aditya Suranna, casting director of 'Pavitra Rishtra 2.0', confirmed the same in an interview and revealed that Ankita Lokhande and Usha Nadkarni will be reprising their roles from the show.
Suranna said that it will be a challenge for the cast of the show, especially for Sheikh as he has to live up to Sushant Singh Rajput's performance.
The show completed 12 years in June.
Marking the occasion, Ankita shared an Instagram post with fans saying that the show made her who she is today.
Ankita shared a collage of scenes of the show featuring Sushant and her, as well as other co-stars including Hiten Tejwani, who later replaced Sushant in the show as the male lead.
Tagging the cast and crew of the show, Ankita's post made special mention of Sushant, said to be her ex-boyfriend, with the hashtag #sushantsinghrajput.
"12 Years!! Ohh, Yes Yes It's 12 Years Of Pavitra Rishta, Time Flies Really Quickly. With more than 66 Awards #Pavitrarishta remains to be one of the most loved show on Indian Television. Here's to 12 glorious years of this iconic show. Which not only gave me Archana but love all across the globe and made me who I'm today," Ankita wrote.
"The story that celebrates joy of life, love, family and friendship. Thank you @balajitelefilmslimited @ektarkapoor for making me Archana and thank you to all the cast and crew. Thank you Maa and Paa for always supporting me. #pavitrarishta #12years #balajitelefilms #archana #ektakapoor #love #memories," she added.
The show's producer Ekta Kapoor had also taken to Instagram to remember 'Pavitra Rishta'.
She wrote: "Pain love n angst makes this show the purest bond ever! #pavitrarishta u resurrected my career gave me life long bonds! Thankuuuuuu."